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Japanese Folk Lore...

lore \lör\ n [Old English leornian to learn]
      a : knowledge gained through study or experience
      b : traditional knowledge or belief

Due to the (increasing) size of this list, please consider it constantly "under construction". For a running list of the newest additions see here.

Traditional Ghost Stories and Supernatural Tales

From In Ghostly Japan (Lafcadio Hearn, 1898)

A Story of Divination
Botan-Doro (The Flower Lantern)
Fragment (The Mountain of Skulls)
Furisode (The Long-Sleeve Robe)

From Kwaidan (Lafcadio Hearn, 1903)

A Dead Secret
Diplomacy
Jiki Ninki (Man-Eating Goblin)
Jiu Roku Zakura (Cherry-tree of the Sixteenth Day)
Mimi Nashi Hoichi (Earless Hoichi)
Mirror and A Bell
Mujina (The Faceless)
Oshidori (The Mallards)
Riki Baka (Riki the Fool)
Rokuro-Kubi
The Dream of Akinosuke
The Story of Aoyagi
The Story of O-Tei
Ubazakura (Cherry Tree of the Milk Nurse)
Yuki Onna (Snow Woman)

From Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation (Lafcadio Hearn, 1904)

The Ancient Cult

From Tales of Old Japan (Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford, 1910)

Battle of the Monkey and the Crab
Crackling Mountain
Ghost of Sakura
Vampire Cat of Nabeshima
White Fox Wedding

Shinto

Kojiki
Kojiki (translation)
Manga Version
The Ancient Cult (Lafcadio Hearn commentary)

Deities

Izanagi
Izanami
Ame Terasu
Tsuku Yomi
Susa no Wo

Concepts

Ceremonies

Places

Ghosts

Botan-Doro (The Flower Lantern)
Ghost of Oiwa
The Lantern Ghost of Oiwa
Ghost of Sakura
Ghost of the Violet Well
The Golden Hairpin
Kohada Koheiji
Maidservant Okiku
Mujina (The Faceless)
Nightly Weeping Rock
Oyuki
The Spirit of the Willow Tree
Yotsuya Kaidan
Yuurei

Demons

Hyakki Yako
Oni
Shikome
Hannya
Emma
The Horned Priest Ryogen
Oni no Nembutsu
Tengu
Inugami
Sojobo
Yamabushi Tengu
Karasu Tengu
Yuki Onna

Monsters

Ghost Skeleton
Rokurokubi
Yama Uba
Kappa
Nukekubi
The Greedy Hag

Animals

Badger
Crackling Mountain
Cat / Neko
Vampire Cat of Nabeshima
Crab / Kani
The Battle of the Monkey and the Crab
Crow / Karasu
Karasu Tengu
Fox / Kitsune (Fox)
White Fox Wedding
Tamamo no Mae [The Fox Maiden]
The Fox-Woman Leaving Her Child
Fox Fire
Hare / Rabbit
Crackling Mountain
Monkey / Saru
The Battle of the Monkey and the Crab
Snake
Serpent Deities
Ryu
Orochi
Yasha
Abundant-Jewel Princess and the Dragon King
Shiota no Tayu
Jealous Yaichiro
The Legend of Dojoji
The Serpent Tamichi
Susa-no Wo and the Eight-Forked Serpent
Raccoon / Tanuki
Tanuki Kettle
Tanuki and Rabbit
Toads

Insects

Ant
The Dream of Akinosuke
Butterfly
The Dream of Akinosuke
Centipede

Nature

Flowers
Ghost of the Violet Well
Tree
Jiu Roku Zakura (Cherry-tree of the Sixteenth Day)
The Spirit of the Willow Tree
Ubazakura (Cherry Tree of the Milk Nurse)
Rock
Sessho Seki [The Death Stone] - Nasu, Tochigi
Sea
Mountain

Objects

A Dead Secret
The Flute's Tomb
Furisode (The Long-Sleeve Robe)
The Golden Hairpin

Locations

Ghost of the Violet Well - Shimizutani, Yamato
Gojoe Bridge - Kyoto
The Haunted Temple in Inaba Province
Sessho Seki [The Death Stone] - Nasu, Tochigi

Immortals

Sennin
Gama
Tekkai
Chokaro
Kinko
Kume Sennin

People

47 Ronin
Boddhidharma
Shoki the Demon Queller
Sadanobu
Minamoto no Yorimitsu
Yoshitsune
Benkei the Monk

Relationship

Lover
A Dead Secret
Botan-Doro (The Flower Lantern)
Furisode (The Long-Sleeve Robe)
The Golden Hairpin
Oshidori (The Mallards)
Parent Child
The Story of Aoyagi
Riki Baka (Riki the Fool)
Comrade

Ceremonies

Oniyarai
Tsuina
Shugendo

Textual Sources

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